Fire Ban and Restriction
The following shall apply to all open fires within the incorporated limits of Town of Mountain Village, as further specified herein, but shall not apply to approved, permanent gas fireplace locations within a residential or commercial building:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire to burn trash, debris, or vegetation, any campfire, warming fire and charcoal, paper or wood grills.
- Smoking; except within an enclosed vehicle or building or an area at least three (3) feet in diameter cleared of all flammable material and all smoking debris shall be disposed of properly in an enclosed container.
- Fireworks of any kind.
- Operation of a chainsaw or a chop saw for cutting steel without USDA or SAE approved spark arresting devise property installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight (8) ounces capacity by weight and one size zero (0) or larger round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six (36) inches. The extinguisher shall be with the chainsaw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies but readily available for quick use.
- Welding or operating acetylene or any other torch with an open flame; except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least 10 feet on all sides from the equipment.
- Using explosives requiring fuses or blasting caps.
The following shall be considered exempt from such open fire restrictions:
- Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
- Any fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves and fireplaces.
- Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies for which the Chief has granted a valid written permit in advance. (Ord. No. 02-04 § 3)
Permitted actions include:
- Operating a stove, lantern or other device fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuel equipped with a valve that allows the operator to turn the flame on and off.
- Operating an internal or external combustion engine with a properly installed and maintained spark-arresting device in effective working order.
Information on fire restrictions and bans can change rapidly. The most current information can and should be obtained from your local county (San Miguel County) or the U.S. Forest Service.
Federal: The Rocky Mountain Area Fire & Aviation Management lists US Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and US Fish and Wildlife Service fire restrictions.
State/County: Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control lists web links to the counties in Colorado where fire restriction information can be found.
*San Miguel County Sherif's site and office is your best source for local fire restriction information.